R.I.P.

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Prince dead at 57

TMZ is reporting that Prince is dead and they're always right about this shit. He was 57:
Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.

Multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed.

The singer -- full name Prince Rogers Nelson -- had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.
UPDATE: His publicist just confirmed it to AP:
Singer Prince has died at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at the age of 57, his publicist tells AP. Police were called to a medical emergency at his estate earlier on Thursday, US media reported.
2016 has been a seriously terrible year for celebrity deaths. David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Lemmy, and now Prince. It's almost as if only the coolest, most-respected, most-influential musicians are dying. In other words, stop sweating Chad Kroeger and the rest of Nickelback. You're probably gonna live to be 100.


Chyna (1969-2016)

WWE star Chyna (aka Joanie Laurer) is dead at 46. The former wrestler's body was discovered in her L.A. apartment last night. From TMZ:
Officers were on the scene late Wednesday investigating the death as a possible overdose -- due mainly to her history with drugs. Prescription bottles were found in the home, but there were no illegal drugs ... according to our sources.

Cops say there are no signs of foul play.

A statement was posted to Chyna's official Twitter account confirming the death ... saying, "It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her."
Weird. I just checked Kim Kardashian's instagram and there isn't one word from her about Chyna's death. No message of condolence, no picture of the two together 15 years ago that her assistant managed to find -- nothing to somehow make this about her. Is her internet connection down?

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Amber Rayne in better days

Porn star Amber Rayne is dead. Amber was one of the porn stars who accused Lindsay Lohan soft-core-porn-co-star James Deen of sexual assault, and now she's gone. This year's AVN Awards just won't be the same. From AVN:
Sources close to Rayne told AVN that she passed away peacefully in her sleep at home either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, though the exact cause of death will not be known until autopsy reports are completed at the end of next week. She was 31.

Rayne entered the industry in 2005, and racked up close to 500 credits over the course of her career. She was known for both her wild, no-holds-barred sexual performances and her commanding acting chops. In fact, the Detroit native had a background in professional acting before turning to adult, and those skills paid off, earning her immense acclaim and multiple AVN Award nominations, most notably for her supporting roles in 2009's The 8th Day from Adam & Eve Pictures and 2015's Wanted from Adam & Eve and Wicked Pictures. Also in 2009, she was was crowned AVN's Unsung Starlet of the Year.
Wow, a 10-year-career. That's like 100 years in porn years. 500 films. That's dedication. When time, her body, and common sense told her to stop, Amber forged on ahead to make more money. Even Harrison Ford thinks that's impressive and he made Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Seriously, fuck that movie.

*5 Amber Rayne pictures total in the gallery:

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Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

The hits keep on coming. Just days after David Bowie died of cancer at 69, Alan Rickman has also passed away of cancer at 69. Rickman was in a ton of classics, but I'll always be partial to his role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard. In my mind, he's not really dead; he's sitting on a beach, earning 20%.

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David Bowie (1947-2016)

Well this week's off to a shitty start. David Bowie just died. He was 69. His son Duncan Jones posted a statement on Facebook:
David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief.
"If you're ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie." - random guy on twitter


Kristin Cavallari's brother found dead

Two weeks ago, Kristin Cavallari's brother Michael's car was found abandoned with its engine running five miles down a dirt road in the Utah desert. He's been missing ever since. You see where this is heading. They found his body today. From the Grand County Sheriff's Office:
At approximately 10:30 a.m. search crews located remains believed to be that of Michael Cavallari. At this time, the body is being transported to the Office of the Utah Medical Examiner for positive identification and to determine the cause of death. The search crews were searching the Salt Wash area, near exit 175 on I-70 in Grand County. The terrain where the body was located is a steep and very rocky area.
Condolences to the Cavallari family. As is customary with these always-difficult-to-write-about death posts, please enjoy this picture of a dog wearing a suit. Dogs aren't suppose to wear suits!!!

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*5 Kristin Cavallari pictures total in the gallery:

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Bobbi Kristina Brown dead at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown is dead. After being found in her home face-down in a bathtub, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown finally passed away yesterday in Georgia after six months in a coma. I have a funny feeling this is the last we'll ever hear about this. Her relatives just seem to have a quiet dignity about them.

*10 Bobbi Kristina pictures total in the gallery:

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R.I.P. Diem Brown (1981-2014)

If you used to watch as much Real World/Road Rules Challenge as I did, you're probably familiar with the story of Diem Brown. First diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 23, beat it twice, only to be diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. She passed away earlier this morning in New York. Mama June can keep fucking child molesters, but hot 32-year-olds are dying after 9-year-cancer battles. Life ain't fair.

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Joan Rivers is really dead this time. A week after suffering cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery, she passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York yesterday afternoon. This is shocking and unexpected any way you look at it. Sure her heart was 81, but most of the rest of her was so young.


Robin McLaurin Williams - July 21, 1951-August 11, 2014
 
NOTE: As I mentioned before, I'm currently on my honeymoon. I had meant to write something up earlier about Robin Williams, but 15-hour flights, jet lag, and spotty hotel wifi tend to throw a wrench into things. After Robin's death, Carlos, who wrote for Celebslam for a few years, emailed me, wanting to make sure that, rather than his more mainstream roles, I mentioned Robin's cult brilliance in Death to Smoochie. I figured he could do a better job than me. Take it away, Carlos:

I suppose you've all heard the news that the great Robin Williams took his own life on Monday. Look, I can go over the long list of his successes, but that's what every other website is doing. Let's talk about one of his less successful movies, shall we? Back in 2002, Warner Brothers released Death To Smoochie, with an all-star cast that included Edward Norton, Katherine Keener, Danny Devito, etc., and it was a complete flop of a movie. It made no money, was panned by critics, and it earned Robin Williams one of those stupid Razzie awards. Fast forward to 2014 and we see that this movie gained a substantial cult following. Why? Well, for starters, dark comedies weren't nearly as hip as they are today. Secondly,  the reason why this movie has gained fans over the years is because Robin Williams was on fire and pretty much stole the damn thing. For some odd reason, bashing a Robin Williams project had become the "cool thing to do," but today there's no way a fair-minded person could say that he wasn't hysterically funny in his roll as Rainbow Randolph. Hey, if Smoochie was release today, "I'm Rainbow fucking Randolph!" would be one of those lines that would get quoted on Twitter incessantly. The label "genius" gets thrown around a bit too easily these days, but I'll go ahead and agree with everyone and say that Mr. Williams deserved that title. It's too bad that only after this tragic loss, we will now look at his work honestly and see that even when he was "bad," Robin Williams was funnier, more talented, and way ahead of any curve you could ever put in front of him.

Rest easy, brother. You earned it.

*10 Robin Williams pictures total in the gallery:

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